We take the matter of protecting the personal data of our users very seriously and strictly adhere to the relevant provisions of data protection legislation (such as TMG; BDSG). Similarly, all data collected is protected to the very best of our ability by the technological and organizational measures put in place in our IT security and privacy policies. As a matter of principle, your data is not forwarded to third parties. Exceptions to this rule shall apply solely in the case of statutory or legal requirements, or when you have specifically approved such forwarding of data, or have expressed a wish for this to be done.
This statement provides you with an overview of the measure designed to assure such protection, together with an outline of the type of data collected and the purposes for which this is used.
When you access internet pages, the information transferred to us by your browser is automatically stored in our "server log files". This includes:
The technology used is such that we are unable to assign such data to specific persons. No attempt is made to link this data to other data sources (e.g. any registration data that may exist), and data is, following a statistical evaluation, deleted and not retained as an individual data record set.
If you would like to access the (personalized and/or paid content) services offered on the website, we may, in order to provide this service and for billing purposes, require further information from you.
Most notably, this shall include your name, your (valid) email address, and further particulars (address, telephone number, etc.), which enable us to check that you are, for example, the owner of the email address provided, or that the owner thereof agrees to receive the relevant services, in order to be able to supply the desired services and, finally, in order to render accounts and serve invoices in the due manner.
Entry of a valid email address is required in order for us to prevent misuse of registration procedures - in the case of newsletters, for example. We therefore rely on the so-called. "double opt-in" process, in which you are sent, after entering your email address on our websites, a so-called confirm mail to act as authentication of your registration, and as part of which you are, by clicking a corresponding link, required to verify your email address.
The data in question is so-called personal ("person-linked”) data, i.e. data that can be used to establish your identity. As a matter of principle, however, you are able to use our free internet services with-out having to reveal your identity in either full or in part.
Additionally, you may, when signing up/logging in to our services, provide us with further information - going beyond that required for the rendering of the service (such as sector, occupational group, age, etc.) - on a voluntary basis by entering this in the appropriate fields or boxes. Such data is used by us to align services more closely to the needs of users, for product information and advertising purposes, and also for customer relations purposes. As a matter of principle, data is not forwarded to third parties (cf. above).
In several different places, internet pages use so-called cookies. These are employed to make our service more user-friendly, more effective, and safer. Cookies are little text files deposited on your computer and stored by your browser. You can block the installation of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; yet we must point out that, in such an event, you may be unable to use the website’s many functions to the fullest extent possible. Cookies do not cause any damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies are not used by us as a means of storing personal data.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
In case IP-anonymisation is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transfered to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. The IP-anonymisation is active on this website.
Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage.
Newsletters are distributed using the email service provider Mailjet SAS,13-13 bis, rue de l’Aubrac, 75012 Paris, France.
The data protection provisions of the email service provider can be viewed here: https://www.mailjet.de/privacy-policy/. The email service provider is deployed on the basis of our legitimate interests and in accordance with Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 and an order processing contract pursuant to Article 28 (3) sentence 1 of the GDPR.
The email service provider can use recipients’ data in pseudonymous form, i.e., without attributing them to a user, for optimizing or improving its own services such as for technically optimizing the distribution and presentation of the newsletters or for statistical purposes. However, the shipping service provider does not use the data of recipients of our newsletter to contact these people themselves or pass the data on to third parties.
Based on our legitimate interests (i.e., our interest in the analysis, optimization and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Article 6 (1) (f) of the GDPR) we use social plug-ins (“plug-ins”) of the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbor, Dublin 2, Ireland (“Facebook”).
This can include content such as images, videos or text and buttons, with which users can share the content of this online offer within Facebook. The list and the appearance of Facebook social plug-ins can be seen here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.
When users open a feature of this online offering that includes such a plug-in, their device establishes a direct connection to the servers of Facebook. The content of the plug-in is sent by Facebook directly to the device of the user and incorporated by it into the online offer. In the process, user profiles of the users can be created from the data processed. We thus have no influence on the quantity of data that Facebook collects with the help of this plug-in and we therefore notify users in accordance with what we know.
By integrating the plug-ins, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the corresponding page of the online offer. If the user is logged in to Facebook, Facebook can associate the visit with his or her Facebook account. If users interact with the plug-ins, for example, by pressing the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the information is transmitted from your device directly to Facebook and stored there. If a user is not a member of Facebook, there is still the possibility that Facebook will discover and store the IP address of the user. According to Facebook, only an anonymous IP address is stored in Germany.
If users are Facebook members and do not want Facebook to collect data about them via this online offer and link it to their membership data stored on Facebook, they must log out of Facebook and delete their cookies before using our online offer. Other settings and objections to the use of data for promotional purposes are possible within the Facebook profile settings.
Our website contains programs (plug-ins) from the Twitter social network. These are operated exclusively by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States. When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser connects directly to Twitter’s servers. The content of the plug-in is sent by Twitter directly to your browser and incorporated by it into the website. By integrating the plug-ins, Twitter receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged in to Twitter, Twitter can associate the visit with your Twitter account. Please see Twitter’s privacy statements for more information on the purpose and extent of data collection by Twitter, as well as how they further process and use your data there, and your related rights and optional settings for protecting your privacy.
Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States)
Our website contains programs (plug-ins) from the XING social network. These are operated exclusively by XING AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. When a website is accessed with the XING “Share” button, a connection to the servers of XING AG is established at short notice via the user’s browser. XING does not store any personal data of the user when this offer is accessed. In particular, XING does not store any IP addresses. There is also no evaluation of the usage behavior by means of cookies in connection with the XING “Share” button. Please see XING’s privacy statements for more information on the purpose and extent of data collection by XING, as well as how they further process and use your data there, and your related rights and optional settings for protecting your privacy.
Xing (XING AG, Dammtorstraße 29-32, 20354 Hamburg, Germany)
Data privacy notice/Opt-out: https://privacy.xing.com/de/datenschutzerklaerung
Our website contains programs (plug-ins) from the LinkedIn social network. These are operated exclusively by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. When you visit a page that contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to the LinkedIn servers. The content of the plug-in is sent by LinkedIn directly to your browser, and integrated by this into the website. As a result of the integration of the plug-ins, LinkedIn receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our website. If you are logged in to LinkedIn, LinkedIn can associate the visit with your LinkedIn account. Please see LinkedIn’s privacy statements for more information on the purpose and extent of data collection by LinkedIn, as well as how they further process and use your data there, and your related rights and optional settings for protecting your privacy.
LinkedIn (LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland)
At any time, you may notify us that you wish to revoke the authorization previously given to us to store your personal data, and to make use thereof to provide the respective services.
Please note that, even in the event of such a revocation notice instructing us to stop using and/or storing data, we reserve the right to continue to use your data to the extent that this may be required for billing purposes.
Moreover, instructions preventing us from making continued use of your data will inevitably mean that you may no longer be able to receive the services (newsletters, etc.) to which you subscribe, and that we shall have to terminate the supply of the services without further delay. As part of this process, your personal data will immediately be deleted and no longer retained in our data records.
At all times, you have the right to be given information about the type and extent of the stored data relating to your person, the origin thereof, the persons receiving such data, and the storage purpose. (Contact data, see below, VIII.)
On request, we shall naturally be happy to answer queries or requests for information and, for your own safety, shall also do so in writing/by post.